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March 16, 2017
Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Jesse was absent today.

Ruby was back and very glad to be back as well as very missed.  She and Isabella went straight to the seats in the bus that they love to go to when they are both here.  Jake brought his stuffed animal Rabbit that he LOVES and took such good care of it. Kai met us up at the lakes, Kuba was bright and chipper and Archer wanted to feel included by Ruby and Isabella who were very kind and very much in love with their friendship.  As a matter of fact they decided that Ruby was going to move in with Isabella and her family but her own family would come and visit.

We went to our Witches brew place and there they found the Fairy house. Jake said he had broken it and really wanted to fix it. He and I started but then Archer and Kuba came over. They got right to their designs and architecture ways.  Jake finally decided that making another home somewhere else was in order. Ruby and Isabella were roaming the land and finding treasures.  We then came into circle.

Jake wasn’t quite ready so he and I went off for a bit while the others began their day singing. Jake and I came back while snack was deliciously being made.  We had some  more of the stick bread from Tuesday that was made into a loaf as well as some sourdough bread with the butter they made Tuesday as well as honey. It got all gobbled up.

Kuba was a Circle Angel today and he made the most beautiful circle with logs for everyone to sit inside of where the mats were placed.
I began the story from Tues of Sean O’Houlaghan and Mrs. O’Malley, how he began grumpy and mumbly always looking for gold at the end of rainbows and never finding it and then finding gold and love all around him.

After circle and a bit more breathing out we then came together to go on a new adventure.  They are so solid in their bodies about the routine that it is regularly asked, “When are we going on our Adventure??”  So, packs on and off we went.  Ruby and Isabella wandering along, Kai and I holding hands and then Jake coming back to join us and Michelle with Archer and Kuba ahead.  We crossed the road and began our climb up the beautiful hills of our area. Then down a hill and……Michelle, Archer and Kuba saw something remarkable, TWO NEWTS SLIDING DOWN A SLIPPY SLIDDY WATER FALL! Yes, there were two newts in a rivulet. They were swimming about all through and around some pond slim and woooooooooooooo they slid right over a small water fall(for a newt it was most likely quite large!) and into the pool below.  The children were delighted with this and shared the story with  the rest of us when we got there. Then we went up, up, up, up, up, up up the hill with Kai and Archer convinced that really they just couldn’t do this any more. Yet with some hand holding and singing, up we made it, to the top!!  And there we settled down and settled in.

Archer began exploring in the woods right next to the meadow and then Kuba and I joined him. But oh yes, right before that Jake found a tree to see if it was a bouncy tree. It wasn’t. Archer and Kai tried the tree and they agreed, no bounce.  After a while Archer, Kuba and I were exploring the wonders in the woods and Archer found an old vine that he was playing with.  I saw the most beautiful sight and was sharing my joy over it when Kuba shared a Tender Tracks memory of his about a place and time that he LOVED and wished he cold go back to the season of the year and the place that we had visited earlier in the year.  While we were doing that Michelle and all the other children were basking in the sun with her and hearing a rendition of the Velveteen Rabbit. (inspired by Jake bringing his Rabbit)  They were so peaceful and relaxed.

We came back to all eat lunch and then ( after I disappeared to “go to find a bush”) when I came back the most incredible thing happened.  I found some golden nuggets while I was out there on the ground.  I brought them all over to this sight.  I thought that there was more but that maybe with their bright eyes they may find something else. AND, they did. There was a a little path with golden nuggets and a little package for each one of them. They were more delighted then maybe we have ever seen or heard. SQUEALS  and PEELS of delight over finding gifts exploded from them.

We went back down the hill, got in a circle and then, they were invited to take a deep breath, and hold their golden nuggets in their hands.  You see, they grabbed them up with such lusty delight that they never really slowed down enough to be and see what they had just received. So, slowing this all down, they looked at their nuggets, they smelled them, listened to them, felt them, held them to their hearts with appreciation and then, they took out their green wrapped little presents. They felt those as well and then all guessed what they thought it was. They then opened them up and found a shovel just like Sean O’Houlaghan had, an oyster shell and a packet. But, before they were to open them I read and shared what they were. They were Sunflower seeds to take home and grow.  Truly they were deeply delighted. Some thought they couldn’t use the cloth that they came in but then Jake realized that his little sister could use it for playing with her toys and Ruby said her sister could too. They thought they couldn’t use the ribbon but then I put their nuggets in the cloth and tied it up in that. Kai was REALLY delighted about that and did not let go of his package all the way back to the bus.  Kuba was going on about what they have planted at home and was very, very excited about now planting Sun Flowers in his yard!!!!

They all put their treasures in their packs and we began our descent back to the bus.
I was in the rear with Kai and he noticed that not only had he survived making it to the top when he didn’t think he would but going back down was faster and easier and he was content.

Then Kai, Ruby and Isabella and I took the slow pace of walking and the others went ahead. Right before we got back we came upon a puddle that had OOOODDDDLES! of tadpoles. Yes right in a very small pond!  Some tadpoles were getting more of a frog body and others were still very small. We had a very nice time noticing these squiggly beings!   When we made it back the bus was so quiet.  Were they really asleep!!!  NO they were not:)

Michelle told me later that when she got to the bus with them Jake took his rabbit and began telling it all of his grand adventures of the day with such kindness, love and just like talking to anybody that was very real.

When they all got buckeled up and upon their ongoing request, we drew our picture of the day.  We drew our many adventures and they insisted that they all be drawn up there. And so they were.

And here is where the day got very exceptional:
Right before we left Archer got really upset. He had been feeling left out on and off during the day by Isabella and Ruby’s joy over having a play date together.  He was only able to find angry words about feeling left out and didn’t know what else to do with his feelings. They didn’t like that and started to get unfriendly back. I quietly spoke with them about being gentle as he just really wanted to feel loved by them, or something like that. .Well, it appeared to work because Isabella changed her way and decided to include Archer, then Kai then all the rest of them in what they had begun talking about. Then, the ENTIRE ride home they ALL were sharing back and forth their imaginations with creating fantastical and funny things like: Lets have a machine that could put make up on us and then we can take it off again, Kai: Lets have a machine that makes a cake where you never forget anything! Yeah they all said and lets……. on and on they ALL were creating together the funniest things.  These simple words do not come close to describing the joy and happiness that was felt in the bus. Sheer delight and great joy with BIG smiles were held by ALLL.

The day was magical fun and happy.

March 14, 2017
Waning Crescent  Moon
Sorich Ranch

Ruby still on holiday adventures.

Jake, Kuba and Isabella still with varying degrees of diminishing colds  and such yet present for the days adventuring.

New Jobs came this week and Edie & Jesse were the Lovie Helper’s and today it was Edie’s turn.  She had a great deal of fun passing out the stuffed animals and when she had to pull out all of the animals to find one Isabella laughed remembering when she had to do the same.  Archer came in with liquid bandaid’s for me and it turned out that he became the Guardian of Safety!   He really liked that.  Isabella is now the Thank you Plate for snack person, Kuba and Jake were the Circle Angels that helped set up and clean up the circle. They both really were into helping set out the mats and Kuba was quite skilled at folding them up.

When we first got there we set up everything for making stick bread and making butter.
I shared with them about finding saplings and why we needed them and not old and dried out sticks.  The saplings, when the dough is wrapped around them for the stick bread, will not burn up if fresh/wet saplings.

In order to make butter for our bread the children were given a jar filled with fresh white whipping cream. They took the jars and began to  shake, shake shake. The jars with the whipping cream had two marbles in them. They all took lot’s of turns and loved shaking them up and then, the white  of the cream turned into golden yellow!

We then came to circle where we sang and heard a story about Shawn O’Houghlahan, Mrs. O’Mally and how he found Gold all around Him.  There were some gold rocks and for almost the rest of the day Jake REALLY wanted to make gold!  And, he tried to break open the gold rocks we had by rolling a big log over them, throwing them at other rocks and trying to hammering them open with smaller rocks. Nothing worked. He tried to take yellow flowers and paint the rocks gold and that didn’t work for him either.  He was tenacious as well as creative but alas, no golden rock  broke open!

Archer liked wearing the lid of the  little barbecue pit we were using for our fire. Kuba LOVED making and being around the fire and Isabella and Edie really liked playing with each other.  Jesse was quiet a lot yet was seen often either holding hands and playing with Archer, being around the fire or playing with the other children.

After circle we all made the fire, made the dough, got it on their sticks, sat on the ground and cooked their bread. Then they got to have their home made butter on them along with honey. It was good!!!  And by this time it was lunch so they ate that too.

There was clean up and exploring the area we were in and then “when are we going to go on an adventure?”  I find it so fun that by this time of year they are so used to traveling upon the earth to explore and adventure that it is very, very comfortable and expected for them.  I did share how we had been adventuring all morning and rhymed and sang it out as I often do. They laughed and then we did finally get it all together to go on a wonderful walk to a new area.

Edie wondered if we were in a rain forest as we walked into the Eucalyptus forest.  We wound up at a place that Edie’s sister had gone to once when she was a Tender Tracker. We went to a great hill that is grand for climbing up on all fours and then slipping down.  I took a movie of it that I hope I can send you!!

We had a delightful walk back down and oh yes, as we were walking up we came upon the wonderful and spring growing plant Mugwort.

Tall and slender I do grow
With spiky fingers to and fro
With silver fur upon my back
With a fragrance I shall not lack
I am MUGWORT!

Mugwort has many uses that you can easily look up. It is said to aid ones dreams and makes a very nice tea plus many more uses.

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When we all got back we had some beautiful thank you’s and made our way back home.

March 9, 2017
Waxing Gibbous Crescent Moon
Lake Alpine

Ruby and Kuba were absent today.

Such a beautiful, beautiful day. The Sun was warm and out. The butterflies were flying, frogs were croaking, birds soaring over heard, buzzing was about too. Spring Poison Oak was coming out to bring more awareness to our steps and the lake was FULL. AND, we were able to come here, for the first time in a few months due to rain washing out the road. I believe the last time we went there was in November and  the lake was EMPTY and we were able to cross it and get to the other side.  It was so very fun to reminisce on this fact and what we did there on those days.

When we arrived the children scampered out and went right to the top of the big rock and played.  Archer said he found a great spot for circle and it was!  The place we usually sit was still wet and a bit in the sun. Archer found a spot that was dry and shady enough to be warm yet comfortable.  Kai met us there and when he arrived we went into circle. There Michelle led us in our morning Yoga/Animal forms and we sang our directional song, new songs and heard our story, ate our snack, cleaned up and made ready for our adventure.

Kai received his Guardian of Safety bag and would not let it go. He LOVED being a helper and tended to any needs most diligently. Archer was a great Snack Helper, Jake laid out the Thank you Plate, Isabella was the Helper with Lovies( stuffed animals) and Jesse, though typically the Circle Angel (helping set up circle), he just got to relax and partake in the ease of the day. 🙂

The story was an elongated version of Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. Her Grandparents taught her one, of many ways, to find your way back and not get lost. She learned how to drop beans along the trail as you go and then following them back. So, that is what WE did on our adventure to find the Turtles!  The children took turns dropping beans along our long trail. That trail brought us to another part of the lake where, on a log were up to 24 turtles of varying sizes!!!  For the rest of the day we got to watch them, observe how very sensitive they are to people coming closer to them, watching them swim in the water and then slowly and gracefully climb back on.  What a joy!!!

Walking to this place, the children, and Jake in particular, found some incredible rocks upon the ground.  When we were at our Turtle spot,  Jake, Kai and I were having fun watching a Lizard. Jake tried to catch it by throwing his hat on it. I then shared that Michelle is very good at catching lizards. She came over after a time and showed them how to make a lizard trap using Jakes hat, a stick that Kai had and using some of the long grasses as the rope.  What fun that was!!!!

The children discovered wonders in the water, and found bugs and butterflies all about.
A strong memory for me of the day was when my Tibetan bell chime went off.  I have set it for every hour so we can take a moment to breath a few times and then notice what is around us and what we are enjoying.  I was near Isabella during one of the chimes and I asked her what she was noticing and enjoying. She was standing in the water and she said that she liked the coolness of how the water felt on her.  She said it so beautifully!

Walking back was fun as they followed the beans and gathered up as many as they could. We saw Juniper Rose from above and then for sure knew our way back. And, we made it!!! 🙂